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Michael B Jordan: I only want roles written for white actors

SMOOTH: Actor Michale B Jordan

FRUITVALE STATION actor Michael B Jordan came under the firing line of 'Black Twitter' last night after comments he made on race in an interview with GQ magazine.

Jordan drew widespread and very vocal criticism across social media for a GQ cover interview in which he said that only wanted to play “white” characters in the future.

“I want to be part of that movement that blurs the line between white and black,” the actor said.

“I told my team after I finished Chronicle [the successful low budget sci-fi movie that first partnered him with Fantastic Four director Josh Trank] that I only want to go out for roles that were written for white characters,” Jordan told the magazine. “Me playing the role will make it what it is.”

The comments were enough to send Twitter ablaze with wrath for the actor.

Many of his detractors referenced the fact that Jordan rose to fame playing Oscar Grant, a black man who was killed by transit police, in Fruitvale Station.

“Ummmmm didn’t Michael B Jordan play Oscar Grant a BLACK MAN arrested & killed because of POLICE BRUTALITY. But he don’t see black & white? K,” one detractor hissed.

“Michael B Jordan is talking about all lives matter after being in Fruitvale Station? How sway?” said another.

“Michael B Jordan knows that if he says ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Monday he’s doing Tyler Perry movies by Friday,” another suggested.

One user offered, “I don’t get how Michael B. Jordan can be on the ‘All Lives Matter’ tip knowing as much as he knows about the life and murder of Oscar Grant.”


CRITICISED: Michael B Jordan on the cover of GQ

In the interview, the actor continued: "The first time I sat down with multiple agents at the agency I told them, ‘Don’t treat me like another actor that’s coming through here just wanting to be famous. Understand the situation that I’m in and the opportunities that are presented in front of me and the expectations that come with doing a film like Fruitvale Station moving forward.’

You know, for my community, the African-American community, there was a certain expectation. You do a role that represents African-Americans, of Oscar Grant being wrongfully accused, wrongfully killed by the police, it’s a certain expectation comes with it to be the one to speak out.”

For clarity, Jordan referenced the career models of white Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling.

“They made smart choices,” he says. “They played people, not being ‘a white actor playing a person,’ them playing a person. When I play a person or profession, it’s black this, black that. It’s obvious that I’m black, but why do I have to be labelled as that?”

The That Awkward Moment star also touched on the rumours that he and reality TV star and model Kendal Jenner are an item- a rumour that left a sour taste in the mouths of many of Jordan’s fans.

As it turns out, the two were just leaving the same party at the same time; however, he specifically singled out black fans over the controversy.

“It’s the world we live in,” he said. “They see white and black. I don’t.

"Kendall’s a friend of mine, you know. I don’t know her, like, that well, but I know her enough.

"People’s perspective on that is what it is. I don’t f***ing know. I don’t live my life to make other people happy. It’s so weird, though, right? A lot of black fans were feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, he should have been with a black woman’ and that whole thing. I get it, but on the other hand it’s, like, relax. You know - it’s 2015. It’s okay! People can like one another, not necessarily from the same history or culture or whatever the f**k it is. It’s just the new world, you know what I mean?”

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